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Press releases • Dec 10, 2019 15:41 PST
Despite being one of the fastest-growing countries in Asia, the Philippines is considered the most susceptible to hazards brought by climate change. This alarming reality, which can put the lives of Filipinos at risk, calls timely attention to the pressing environmental issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed before it is too late.
Local organizations, especially the Micro, Small, and Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), have a role to play in tackling these environmental challenges. With 99.56% of companies in the Philippines registered as MSMEs in 2017, these businesses have the potential to take the lead in helping address the collective burden and help mitigate the effects of climate change in the country.
When it comes to running an eco-friendlier business, Epson’s printers can help SMEs reduce its energy consumption through its heat-free Micro Piezo and PrecisionCore printing technology and can consider these three steps to go green and save the environment.
The Philippines still uses non-renewable sources to power up cities and businesses every day, and while the government continues to explore alternative energy sources, the best course of action in the immediate future is the adoption of ecological options and an overall reduction in power consumption.
One option for MSMEs is the use of efficient office equipment, such as printers, projectors, and other electronic devices, that can support business processes using less power. For instance, MSMEs can consider switching from laser to inkjet printers, which can save up to 85% energy in normal operations.
Nowadays, MSMEs show readiness to make this switch, as they increasingly consider "eco-friendliness" when buying office equipment. According to an Epson study on the digital transformation of SMEs in ASEAN, 76% of MSMEs in the Philippines prefer owning inkjet printers due to its ecological advantages, and since printers account for about 10% of the energy consumption of a typical office, using inkjet also translates to lower energy costs.
Reduced Office Waste
Waste pollution remains a massive issue in the Philippines. With an average of 40,000 tons of waste produced everyday — enough to fill up to 100 Olympic-sized pools – the country is considered as the third largest ocean polluter. In Metro Manila alone, approximately 9,212 tonnes of waste end up in rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water, including Manila Bay.
To help solve this problem, MSMEs should incorporate the habit of recycling paper, plastic, and e-waste into their regular operations. MSMEs should also consciously seek out alternatives to reduce garbage disposal, such as recycling spent consumables or using office devices like inkjet printers that do not employ non-reusable cartridges, which can significantly lessen the environmental impact of using printers.
Working with the Community
Eco-initiatives play a key role in companies to impact climate change. It may come in simple ways like taking part in annual environmental activities or by conducting social responsibility projects, such as information dissemination campaigns on environmental issues, clean up drives, among others.
For instance, Epson Philippines Corporation has partnered with the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-EMB) and its youth-led organization GREENducation Philippines in rolling out eco-initiatives for two years now. This year, Epson Philippines’ eco-projects focus on upcycling, a practice that transforms by-products and waste materials into new materials of better quality and environmental value.
These initiatives include a denim upcycling workshop for the youth beneficiaries of Alay Pag-Asa Christian Foundation, Inc. and the EcoVision Short Film Competition, an inter-collegiate competition which taps the artistry of Filipino students in raising public understanding of the environment and its conservation through the power of the visual medium.
MSMEs have a huge role to play in protecting the environment. The smallest effort can go a long way, and local businesses have the power to influence customers and other entrepreneurs to do the same. With greater awareness and consciousness on the smart ways to curb carbon footprint, collective action from local businesses can help mitigate the country’s prevailing waste problem.
 Institute for Economics & Peace. Global Peace Index 2019: Measuring Peace in a Complex World, Sydney, June 2019.
Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Laboratory Custom Report (May 2017)
 The SME Digital Transformation in ASEAN; An Epson Survey 2019
 Epson research based on data from a commissioned survey conducted in March 2018 by SOMPO Risk Management & Health care Inc.
 Inkjet printers have 59% less replacement parts compared to laser printers - Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Laboratory Custom Report (May 2018).
Press releases • Dec 02, 2019 01:20 PST
Manila, Philippines, 2 December 2019 – Epson has reaffirmed its commitment to decarbonization (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) in advance of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) to be held in Madrid, Spain from December 2 to 13, 2019.
Society expects companies to be a driving force in mitigating the effects of climate change and achieving sustainability. Epson believes that its innovations can play a major role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Speaking in support of COP25, where the focus is on solutions to climate change, Epson global president Minoru Usui commented, “Political and economic uncertainties are increasing, and the world is facing challenging times. I strongly believe that Epson’s role is to help achieve global sustainability and to make the world a better place. In addition to our eco-conscious products and heat-free inkjet technology, we are combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in production and across our value chain to help drive a transformation toward a decarbonized future. Climate change is a serious issue facing our planet and Epson is doing its utmost to address this issue. We have set targets for reducing GHG emissions in our own business activities and across the value chain to achieve the Paris agreement. These targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being consistent with climate change science. I am happy to report that Epson is well on its way to achieving these targets.”
Epson set targets for reducing, by 2025, its scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 19% compared to FY2017. In the 2018 fiscal year ended March 2019, Epson made large strides toward achieving the target with a 15% reduction in its GHG emissions.
Going forward, the company plans to achieve its target through energy-saving initiatives focused primarily on production innovations and the use of renewable electricity.
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than US$10 billion. global.epson.com/
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Since 1982, Epson has developed a strong presence across major markets in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Led by the regional headquarters Epson Singapore, Epson’s business in Southeast Asia spans an extensive network of 11 countries with a comprehensive infrastructure of close to 500 service outlets, 7 Epson solution centers and 7 manufacturing facilities. http://www.epson.com.sg
About Epson Philippines
Epson’s corporate presence in the Philippines commenced in 1998. It grew rapidly into a multi-billion-peso company in a span of a few years from its establishment due to its customer-oriented approach in its business management style by its dedicated and innovative staff members and officers. Epson Philippines has an extensive network of 94 Authorized Service Partners in 130 locations nationwide and has more than 400 dealers and more than 800 shops across the country. For more details, please visit our website (www.epson.com.ph) or our Facebook page:
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Through the years, team apparel has become an essential element in any sporting event. Aside from bolstering team pride and unity, a sharp, uniquely designed uniform helps to form and express an “identity” which fans and sports enthusiasts alike will be proud to rally for. When team apparel excellently displays the team’s name, signature colors, and stripes, the brand identity becomes complete and the overall experience is enhanced.
In the Philippines, team apparel has also been playing a more significant role as the local sports scene continues to grow. Nowadays, Filipinos follow a series of exciting professional sports leagues all year round, with basketball being on the top of the list.
New Horizons for a Basketball-obsessed Nation
As a basketball-loving nation, Filipinos consider the sport as a way of socializing or developing the value of sportsmanship among players even from a young age. From school and residential courts to makeshift hoops found in every street corner of every barangay, the Filipinos’ familiarity and undying love for the sport are always noticeable.
*Image above shows sample dye sublimation uniform designs. Included for representation purposes only.
Previously, amateur basketball leagues used to peak during summer. Today, they exist throughout the year with even more divisions or categories. Tournaments may be classified as recreational, school-based, semi-professional, or professional, among many others.
*Image above shows sample dye sublimation uniform designs included for representation purposes only.
According to Benson Dela Paz, a professional league organizer, in Metro Manila alone, there are close to 50 amateur basketball leagues joined by approximately 30 teams per league, and a team will have 12 to 15 members each. The mainstream Metro Manila basketball scene may have 18,000 to 20,000 active players in a year, and the count on a national level is only set to increase, once small to minor leagues within Metro Manila as well as basketball tournaments are done in the provinces have already been factored in.
Traditionally, sportswear makers use the manual silkscreen method in printing the designs for dry-performance apparels. However, more and more manufacturers are now using dye-sublimation technology, especially local sportswear businesses that offer customization.
Manufacturers now have the power to bring complex designs to life with dye-sublimation technology, a cutting-edge printing method that enables designers to know where every seam, arm, and neck hole will sit, giving them unrivaled creative freedom to put details in the overall design of the uniforms.
With the sustained growth of the local sports scene, sports apparel manufacturers are also gaining new markets due to the increasing demand for personalized sportswear and uniforms. GIG Sportswear, a clothing manufacturer in the Philippines who has been in the business for almost 3 years, now has 70% of its business dedicated to the export of sports apparel to various clients and 30% to the regular supply of uniforms to the National Basketball League (Philippines). They employ Epson’s SureColor SC-F6270 for dye sublimation printing and plan to expand their business further to address the growing demand for customized clothing.
Epson SureColor SC-F6270
“Our clients always look for the quality of print and we have found the results we’ve always wanted with the Epson textile printers,” said Nemar Castillo, owner of GIG Sportswear. “The F-Series’ new HD black ink ensures that our designs are brought to life with pristine colors, and we found that the printers are ideal for our short to medium-volume dye sublimation fabric printing at affordable costs. We also learned that since the increase in demand for customized jerseys, our fellow manufacturers are switching to Epson’s textile printers to serve new clients.”
Traditional Screen vs. Dye Sublimation
Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology which uses full-color artwork that works with polyester and polyester-coated surfaces, a perfect material for dry-performance sportswear apparels. Epson’s SureColor F Series, for instance, is equipped with an advanced sublimation ink technology to enable the design printouts to be imprinted onto the fabric through heat transfer, known as the dye sublimation process.
Unlike silkscreen printing, dye-sublimation printing maintains polyester’s wicking characteristics. This means that the process allows for air and moisture to pass through the garment since the ink or film, commonly used in traditional methods, does not cover the fabric.
When sublimation dye is placed next to polyester during the heat press, the fabric’s molecules open. The dye then turns into a gas and penetrates the fibers of the fabric. After heat is removed, the molecules will close, trapping the brilliant color of the dye and retaining the image permanently in the polyester garment.
Dye-sublimation, as a digital textile printing technology, is also more sustainable and environmentally friendly because of the reduced time in printing personalized garments. The technology also allows for unending creative freedom as it does not limit the patterns and designs that are normally constrained by limitations of conventional textile printing technology.
“Digital textile printing offers endless opportunities, whether in bringing more complex uniform designs to life or in expanding to new markets,” Eduardo Bonoan, Epson Philippines General Manager for Marketing said. “Our SureColor F-Series is ready to support the local sportswear manufacturers in their shift to dye sublimation with high-performance, high-quality output and low power consumption resulting in overall lowered total cost.”
Learn more about Epson’s SureColor F-Series here.